Julie Baca, Interim Executive Director

Julie is excited to serve as the Interim Director for GVRHA. Julie leverages her extensive public sector leadership experience to serve public agencies with gaps in leadership to gain the most continuity of service possible. She looks forward to serving the multi-jurisdictional agencies and their citizens in this important work.

Gesa Michel, GV-HEAT Coordinator

Gesa Michel has been the Housing Authority’s GV-HEAT Coordinator since August 2020. She has lived in the Gunnison Valley for over 24 years and has enjoyed working for local non-profits most of that time devoting her professional career to supporting a more sustainable life for us humans. Gesa grew up in Hamburg, Germany. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Nuremberg, Germany and then a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management from the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Gesa came to the United States on a scholarship to play Division I field-hockey for the University of Iowa and has now lived in the USA for more than half of her life. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two grown sons when she is not playing ice-hockey or skiing in the winter or hiking, boating, or riding horses in the summer.

Lauren Woodyard, Ownership Program Manager

Lauren Woodyard started with GVRHA in 2020 as the administrative assistant. She has since moved into the position of Ownership Program Manager and is working on creating better systems, programs, and accessibility to help provide permanent housing solutions for locals. She has found her stride at GVRHA through her passion to see her community thrive and do better for the people around her. When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time outside skiing, biking, and hiking as well as indulging her creative appetite through painting and art. Lauren graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Music (clarinet and saxophone). She spent a few years in Washington after graduation to explore the state but couldn’t resist the calling of her home; Colorado. She loves working at GVRHA and hopes to influence a shift in mindset around local housing solutions.

Barb Carroll, Property Manager 

Barb Carroll is Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority’s newest Property Manager as of March 2023. Barb moved to Gunnison in 1993 to attend Western Colorado University. After graduation she started Mochas Coffeehouse and ran it for 20 years until she sold it in 2017. Barb then started her career in Real Estate focusing on sales and property management as well as serving as President of Gunnison Crested Butte Association of Realtors. She has two children, Ruby and Davis and a granddaughter, Evalynn. When Barb is not working, she enjoys biking, hiking, boating, and skiing all around the valley. Barb is excited to be joining the team at GVRHA to protect and manage affordable housing and the many residents being served in the community she loves.